FDA Decision Of The Public Board Of Inquiry

This is a copy of the original FDA's Board of Inquiry questioning the safety of aspartame, found exclusively at that time in NutraSweet/Equal®. It is important that this information is available to the public so as to fully understand the fact that the FDA, as a whole at that time, was aware of the dangers of aspartame before its "second" approval in 1981, and that they did NOT recommend aspartame's approval for public consumption.

The conclusions and summaries of this report begin on page 41. The FDA Review Board denied approval of aspartame September 30, 1980 based on a 50% rate of brain tumors from aspartame fed to the laboratory animals- rats, guinea pigs, monkeys and dogs. Large tumors appeared in the brains and in the nervous systems of the lab animals, and numerous deaths were recorded among mice under two years of age. According to the FDA Board of Inquiry, the number of recorded tumors from aspartame was in the hundreds. Aspartame surprisingly was "approved", nonetheless in 1981, despite the Board's recommendation to withdraw approval for aspartame.

The Department of Health and Human Services
Federal and Drug Administration
[Docket Number 75F-0355]
Decision Of The Public Board Of Inquiry

After reading the FDA Petition, we ask you to revisit the April, 1995 list of 92 symptoms associated with aspartame use based on complaints submitted to the FDA.

The FDA puts a different spin on the topic these days. Please visit the FDA Web site FAQ section for their current position on aspartame. In order to find the FDA comments on aspartame safety, click on "Food Additives/Color Additives" on the menu at the left side of the page. After doing so, scroll down the list of Frequently Asked Questions and click on "Is aspartame safe?" The answer will appear in the right hand side of the FDA Web page.

Posted on July 17, 2006 in FDA | Link

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